Small Acts of Kindness, Big Impact
Netflix’s new series “13 Reasons Why” is getting a lot of attention since it premiered March 31st, being the most tweeted about Netflix series ever. Having read the book and recently finishing the series, I can strongly recommend them both for the raw and relatable story of Hannah Baker, and those who drove her to ultimately end her own life.
Its popularity has got people talking not only about suicide, but how we treat other people and the impact we have on them.
Hannah Baker dealt with complex and sometimes, terrible people and had horrible things happen to her. Some would seem insignificant to those on the outside, but when you’re in a bad place it only takes one thing to push you over the edge.
I have always tried to be the person to smile at strangers, tell someone if I like their purse or shoes, help someone who drops things in the parking lot. I try to be that person because there are times I needed that person and they weren’t there. I’ve had days where I felt defeated and someone’s compliment or help turned my day around completely, or gave me hope.
We should all strive to be the person full of kindness. Be the person leaving an extra quarter on the parking meter or vending machine. Be the person holding the door for what seems like a clown car letting out. Be the person helping the old lady load her groceries into her car. Be the person who overtips the waitress having a bad day. Be the person who makes the grumpy cashier smile. Be the person reaching out to a classmate or coworker who seems to be struggling.
Challenge yourself to brighten someone’s day, daily. Start Small Acts of Kindness challenges with your friends on social media. Volunteer to help those in need. Donate to good causes when you can. Be there for your friends and family when they show signs of depression or are going through a hard time.
You never know what is going on in other peoples’ lives. You never know what strangers are going home to. There may even be a few of your friends worse off than you know.
A small act of kindness could make a big impact on someone who’s hurting. In Hannah Baker’s case there were twelve people who could’ve helped her or been there for her, who instead have to live with the fact they missed their chance.
Don’t miss your chance to put good out into the world, you don’t know who you might be saving.
Please, if you are worried about yourself or a friend, do not be afraid to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255